F-150s Laying Down the Law in Michigan

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Michigan police department use F-150s to train new officers, and highway enforcement.

Quite a few law enforcement agencies around the United States have opted to use Ford’s current and upcoming Explorer models to maintain law and order in their jurisdictions. It’s the fastest police vehicle around, provides comfort for those long waits at a given position, and offers fully loaded officers plenty of ease getting into and out of the vehicle.

Sometimes, though, law enforcement officers need more. Such is the case with the Canton Police Department of Canton Township, Michigan. According to Novi, Michigan newspaper Hometown Life, the organization has been testing a pair of F-150s for duties at home and on the road.

Canton Police Ford F-150

The F-150s, a 2017 XL 4×4, and a 2018 XL 4×4, have drawn the attention of the township’s residents, with a few asking for selfies with the cool black SuperCrew pickups. That said, they’re not doing any patrols in town due to their size. Yet.

Some eight months ago, the department purchased the 2018 Ford F-150 for patrolling in high-crime areas. With its ghost graphics, the police were able to remain stealthy, with police badging unseen unless a bright light were shined directly on the side.

Canton Police Ford F-150

However as cool the F-150 is, it just doesn’t make sense for day-to-day police work.

“We have a lot of subdivisions and it’s not the easiest thing to turn around inside a subdivision,” Canton Police Deputy Director Chad Baugh said. “Just for sheer efficiency, we couldn’t.”

Instead, the 2017 F-150 is used for traffic enforcement on the highways, and carries scales for weighing big rigs to make sure the loads they’re hauling don’t damage the road beneath. The newer model, meanwhile, is being used to haul special equipment, and for training new officers in case an emergency arises down the road.

Canton Police Ford F-150

“We’re finding that cars are somewhat being phased out,” Baugh said. “SUVs are where we’re headed.”

This is true for the Canton Police Department, as most of their fleet consists of the Explorer’s LEO brother, the Police Interceptor Utility; their K9 units use Chevys.

Because they have not yet struck the authoritative vibe that the Police Interceptor Utility has, some residents have not given them same treatment as they would a big SUV. Baugh adds that his department has to have “the trust of the people,” meaning the pair of F-150s will likely remain doing the grunt work for a while to come.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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